Josh Younger and Aron Price have maintained their shared lead heading in to the final round of the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship presented by Wippells Volkswagen and neither have any intention of taking their foot off the pedal.
For the third time, both Price and Younger have shot the same score, 4-under 66 putting them at 16-under the card with a one shot lead ahead of the field.
Price, whose last victory on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia came in the 2013 NSW Open said his third round wasn’t as impressive as his opening two.
“The first two days I managed it pretty easily, today was not quite as good,” said Price.
“I missed about five or six fairways in a row but got it back in the end so I recovered well.”
Saturday presented the strongest winds of the week so far making judging of shots from tee to green a little more difficult than it has been.
“I’ve just got to try and hit more fairways, if the wind is blowing from the east again most of the holes are across wind and sometimes the slope’s going the other way so it does make it difficult to line up your target.”
Price said with the scoring as hot as it’s been this week there’s no intention of playing conservatively in the final round on Sunday.
“It’s the same as every week though, I’m sure there’s going to be a couple of guys starting on 10, 11 or 12 (under par) that are going to make a run at us,” added Price.
“It’s a course that you have to play aggressively on, as we’ve seen the last couple of years you can’t play defensive.
“You’ve got to keep playing aggressive so it’ll be the same game plan tomorrow.”
Younger echoed Price’s sentiments of playing aggressively and as seen in round one when Darren Beck shot 9-under 61, it’s easy to see why the leaders won’t be letting up.
“I felt pretty good today, the thing is it’s not like I’m sitting on a five shot lead or anything,” said Younger.
“I’ve got to go out foot to the floor, everyone behind us is so bunched anyone could shoot 8-under or 9-under around here and catch us.”
Younger is yet to win on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia but has been in contention many times before, most recently in last year’s NZ PGA Championship when he lost in a three-man playoff to Jarryd Felton.
“It just proves how hard it is to win out here I suppose, but I’ll go out tomorrow and hopefully put a good round together and see where it ends.”
One shot behind Price and Younger is Darren Beck (NSW) who shot 5-under 65 to reach 15-under the card and hold outright third.
A brilliant 7-under 63 from Steven Jeffress (NSW) puts him at 14-under the card alongside Brett Rankin (QLD) who shot 4-under 66 today.
Jordan Mullaney (NSW), Matthew Millar (ACT) and Daniel Fox (WA) are at 13-under the card while Michael Choi (VIC), Blake Proverbs (QLD) and Jake McLeod (QLD) round out the top-10 at 11-under the card.
Round three begins at 7:40am with the leading group of Darren Beck, Josh Younger and Aron Price teeing off at 10:40am.
For round three scores, visit pga.org.au.
For final round tee times, visit pga.org.au.
The final round of the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship presented by Wippells Volkswagen will be live streamed on PGA TV from 10:00am local time.
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